The Union Election Commission has rejected calls from the National League for Democracy to extend the period for voters to check electoral rolls are accurate, insisting the two-week window is long enough.
The rolls went on display in ward offices across 10 states and regions on June 22, and voters will have until July 5 to ensure their accuracy. Errors can be corrected by submitting the relevant form to the ward office.
But U Tun Tun Hein, who leads the NLD’s committee for analysing voter lists, said yesterday that more time was needed.
“We can’t fix all the mistakes within 14 days because there are just so many,” he said. “It is time-consuming work. We are asking questions to get the real data by going door to door.”
On June 3, the NLD released an open letter to the UEC saying voter lists that went on display in the second phase of the electoral roll project featured error rates ranging from 30 to 80 percent.
Mistakes across the 22 townships included about 600 people from two wards being left off in Kyauktan township, while 70 people in Hlaing Tharyar township were listed at the same address.
But UEC member U Win Kyi said 14 days was “enough”.
“In the 2010 and 2012 elections we gave only seven days. Now, we are giving more and it is only the provisional list. We will announce the final list after the election date is announced and voters will have another chance to correct it,” he said yesterday.
“It’s up to the people to correct the voter lists themselves. If we announced that instead of putting voter lists on display we were going to give out mobile phones, you can be sure there would be plenty of people at the ward offices jostling each other.”
While lack of time is an issue, Ma Shwe Yee Win, founder of the voter education NGO Peace and Justice Myanmar, said the biggest problem was lack of interest from the public.
U Win Kyi said voter lists for military and police personnel and their families would only be released after the election date is announced in August. He declined to say why they had been excluded from the current voter list display program.